HP, Ghana govt seize fake ICT

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

US-based Hewlett Packard (HP) Corporation has opened for business in Ghana, describing it as  one of the most important markets in sub-Saharan Africa.

The company, unveiling the range of products it is bringing to market, noted that counterfeit products would not be tolerated. In a recent move, HP worked with the Ghanaian authorities to seize a large consignement of counterfeit printing consumables.

The country manager of HP Ghana, George Antiohene, reiterated his company’s resolve to assist the government of Ghana to combat  the  proliferation  of counterfeit IT products on the Ghanaian market, which according to him posses a serious threat not only to consumers but also negatively affect the Ghanaian local economy.

He noted that HP was in Ghana to build a strong IT industry, which in turn would generate economic growth and innovative solutions. This, he said, could make a positive impact on Ghana’s communities and also provide a wonderful platform for the Government of Ghana to drive economic growth and stability by modernizing the delivery of services in key areas such as education, healthcare and e-Government services.

Antiohene was speaking to Biztechafrica after signing an agreement with the University of Ghana, in terms of which HP Ghana and the University aim to develop the next wave of technology experts in the country. HP Ghana, which began its operations in the country some weeks ago, says it has recruited many young, dynamic graduates to help meet it primary objective to fight fake ICT products in the system.

He noted further that attached graduates to HP will be taken through thorough training at HP centres in the country so that they would be in the best possible position to offer professional advice and inspection of products to customers.

With the establishment of HP Ghana, it says commercial customers will now have better access to its wide range of genuine, quality products.

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